A Social History of Wet Nursing in America: From Breast to Bottle / Edition 1

A Social History of Wet Nursing in America: From Breast to Bottle / Edition 1

by Janet Golden
     
 

ISBN-10: 052149544X

ISBN-13: 9780521495448

Pub. Date: 08/28/2014

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A Social History of Wet Nursing in America: From Breast to Bottle examines the intersection of medical science, social theory, and cultural practices as they shaped relations among wet nurses, physicians, and families from the colonial period through the twentieth century. It explores how Americans used wet nursing to solve infant feeding problems, shows why

Overview

A Social History of Wet Nursing in America: From Breast to Bottle examines the intersection of medical science, social theory, and cultural practices as they shaped relations among wet nurses, physicians, and families from the colonial period through the twentieth century. It explores how Americans used wet nursing to solve infant feeding problems, shows why wet nursing became controversial as motherhood slowly became medicalized, and elaborates how the development of scientific infant feeding eliminated wet nursing by the beginning of the twentieth century. Janet Golden's study contributes to our understanding of the cultural authority of medical science, the role of physicians in shaping child rearing practices, the social construction of motherhood, and the profound dilemmas of class and culture that played out in the private space of the nursery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521495448
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2014
Series:
History of Medicine Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Public discourse and private relations: wet nursing in Colonial America; 2. The new motherhood and the new view of wet nurses, 1780–1865; 3. Finding 'just the right kind of woman': the urban wet nurse marketplace, 1830–1900; 4. 'Victims of distressing circumstances': the wet nurse labor force and the offspring of wet nurses, 1860–1910; 5. Medical oversight and medical dilemmas: the physician and the wet nurse, 1870–1910; 6. 'Obliged to have wet nurses': relations in the private household, 1870–1925; 7. 'Therapeutic merchandise': human milk in the twentieth century; Epilogue. From commodity to gift.

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